Republicans will shoulder more blame than President Barack Obama if Congress fails to pass legislation to prevent automatic spending cuts and tax increases, known as the “fiscal cliff,” according to a new poll.
Fifty-three percent of adults said Republicans in Congress will be “more to blame” if an agreement is not reached, according to a new survey conducted by the Washington Post and the Pew Research Center Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
Only 27 percent of respondents placed more blame on the president and 12 percent faulted both the president and the GOP.
A party breakdown of respondents shows blame directed at the opposing party. But among Independents, Republicans received 52 percent of blame and the president received 21 percent.
A CNN/ORC International survey released last week indicated more Americans would blame the GOP in Congress (45%) rather than Obama (34%) if the fiscal cliff provisions actually go into effect next year.